According to EWN, a train manufacturing plant unveiled in Dunnottar on the East Rand is expected to be completed by next year. The plant will have the capacity to manufacture a total of 580 trains, with testing facilities and a training centre.

Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters, and officials from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) were present when the 72 hectare, R1bn plant was opened. It aims to train thousands of people in the rail industry.

PRASA’s Victor Dlamini says this is going to set the standard for high quality coaches, all aimed towards growing rail transport.

“The plant itself will be completed by next year. The first 4,000m2 will be dedicated to a training facility and that’s really important to make sure we have the skills for people to build a train.”